August 17th, 2011

When a corset is too big...

...what do you do? I got to an "almost finished" point on my corset from the Victorian Corset Workshop class from CosCol today. Everything was going together really well, and I was trying to decide where to add more bones, so I tried it on. And it's too big. The hip area fits just fine, but it closes all the way up from the waist to the top, and the top is still a little gappy, too. Would it work to just take a big dart out in the back panel (where I do not yet have any bones) from the top edge to the waist? Or is there no way to go about making it smaller besides taking the entire thing apart?

By the way, this is the laughing moon pattern (the one without the bust gussets).

Thank you for your advice!